Lorena E. (Bourland) Barnett Confusion

There is some confusion as to the death date of Lorena E. Bourland, the wife of Francis A. “Frank” Barnett. A photo of her tombstone found at the Find a Grave website clearly shows her death date as 13 Nov 1912.

A search of Texas Deaths, 1890-1976, online at FamilySearch found the death certificate of Mrs. L.E. Barnett who died in Mitchell Co., Texas in 1912. The death certificate showed that she died of tuberculosis 11 Oct 1912 and was buried 12 Nov 1912 in Benbrook, Texas.

So did they really wait a whole month after her death before they buried her? It appears that one of these dates is in error, but which one? And if she actually died in November instead of October, was it on the 13th as shown on the tombstone or the 12th or earlier as indicated by the death certificate?


Ida Leah Barnett

Ida Leah Barnett, daughter of George Franklin Barnett and Florence Arzella Crouch, was born 28 Mar 1875 in Parker County, Texas, died 30 Jul 1954, at age 79, in Weatherford, Parker, Texas and was buried in Oakland Cemetery in Weatherford. Ida married 31 Mar 1898 in Parker County, Dr. William Murphy Campbell. They were the parents of one daughter: Ilona Adelia Campbell.

Research in online sources to date:

Census search – Ida and her husband William M. Campbell were found in the 1900, 1910, 1920, & 1930 U.S. census records. The consistently lived in Parker Co., Texas and William’s occupation was as physician. Ida would have been about 5 years old in the 1880 U.S. census, but her family was not found in that census.

Marriage record – The Texas Marriages, 1837-1973 at FamilySearch has an entry for the marriage of W.M. Campbell and Iva Leigh Barnett who were married 31 Mar 1898 in Parker Co., Texas.

Death – Texas death certificates were found for both Ida (Barnett) Campbell and for William M. Campbell at the FamilySearch website.

Cemetery – Memorials for Ida Leah (Barnett) Campbell and William Murphy Campbell were found at the Find a Grave website.

James Barnett Will

James Barnett died 1816-1817 in Caldwell Co., Kentucky. Here is my transcription of his will:

This is my Last will and testament now this 19th day of February 1816 I give unto my sons ____ Samuel Barnet and James Barnett and John Barnet all my tract of land wherein I now live to be divided into three Equal parts between them I give unto my son John Barnet one gray horse one gray horse that he now calls hisen and one fether Bed. I give unto my daughter – Sophia Barnet all the house hold furniture But to be Kept together while they keep house together likewise I my daughter one horse Bridle and saddle likewise all the flock of geese I give unto my grandson Isaac Barnet one white faced Cow and her Increase. I give unto my son James Barnet one Bell cow and calf the other Black cow and calf and two heifers and one stear to be sold to pay him the Doctor fee if they sell for now then will pay him the balance to be divided Between John Barnet & Sophia Barnet and Isaac Barnet. my stock of hogs to be kept for the use of the family and if they should break up housekeeping then the stock of hogs to be divided Between my son John Barnet and my daughter sophia Barnet and Isaac Barnet I give unto my son John Barnet all my Carpenters tools and turning tools my crop of corn to keep for the use of the family my sadle to be sold for the use of the family Given under my hand and seal this 19th day of Febairy 1816
James Barnet (seal)
witnesses Nathan Oliver Hannah Oliver

Caldwell county [?] January county court 1817 as clerk of the county court of sd county I certify that the within will of James Barnet Decd was on this day produced in open court and proven to be the act and deed of sd Barnet by the oath of nathan Oliver & Hannah Oliver two subscribing witnesses there to and the same was requested to be recorded In testimony thereby I have recorded the same together with this certificate I hereunto set my hand this 27 day of January 1817.
Jno H Phelps

Digital Collection at Plano Library

I am including a link to the genealogy and local history collection at the Plano Public Library. Their collection includes a photo of Letitia (Forman) Barnett. She was the wife of George W. Barnett (1819-1882). There was also a picture of the Forman home.

The collection also includes a picture of the R.W. Carpenter home, father-in-law of Ruth Donna Barnett, and the diary of Lizzie (Matthews) Carpenter.


Mixed Up Census Record

In the 1850 census James and Elizabeth Barnett are listed in Limestone County, Texas. They appear at the bottom of page 360. At the top of page 361 there are seven Longbottom family members listed ranging in age from 25 to 9. They appear to be in the same household as James and Elizabeth Barnett.

On the top of page 364, the children of James and Elizabeth Barnett are listed. They appear to be part of the Harden household which appears at the bottom of page 363.

At first glance it appears that the Barnett children were not living with their parents at this time. But another question arises: who are the Longbottoms and why are they living in the James Barnett household? A search for Longbottoms in the 1850 census in Limestone County, Texas found a Longbottom couple (ages 55 and 54)  at the bottom of page 358 – could they be the parents of the Longbottom children?

I think that somehow the census pages got mixed up before they were numbered and that the Barnett children were in reality living with their parents, not the Harden family.